Rivka Golani


Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the outstanding violists of modern times. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also to the many composers who have been inspired by her mastery to write for the viola. More than 350 works have so far been composed for Rivka, including over 80 concertos: a record matched by no other violist in history.
She has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras: BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebow, Royal Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and countless others. She also has performed as a soloist three times at the Promenade concerts in London, including the last night of the Proms.
Rivka has made countless CD recordings with many distinguished orchestras including Royal Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Berne Symphony, Budapest Radio Orchestra, BBC Sinfonietta and others. A landmark among her many CDs is her world premiere recording on viola of the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, a set of the complete Bach Cello Suites which includes performances of Bach’s Chaconne and Chromatic Fantasy.
As artistic director of Fort MacLeod Music Festival, Alberta, Canada for seven years, she has developed a special collaborative relationship with the Canadian First Nation Blackfoot. She is the artistic director of SOWECA Music Festival in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
Born in Israel – Rivka trained at the Music Academy of Tel Aviv with the great violist and composer Oedoen Partos. At the age of 23, she became a member of the Israel Philharmonic. Rivka moved to Canada in the mid-1970s where she began her solo career: Her present home is in London, England.
She is also an inspiring teacher who draws students from all over the world to her classes at London’s Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance.
Rivka plays a viola made by the renowned maker Otto Erdesz.
Rivka is also a painter. Her works have been exhibited in Israel, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria and USA.

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